- Analysis by KJ David
The LG G8 ThinQ is an innovative (at least as of its MWC 2019 announcement) smartphone whose biggest pros include Air Motion and its consequent palm vein recognition system (Hand ID), which treats the user's hand as a biometric measure for phone security -- feel free to check out other smartphone innovations here. Furthermore, it is also among the first few smartphones to offer what LG calls the Crystal Sound OLED technology , which essentially uses the phone's display as a speaker diaphragm and consequently removes the need for actual front-firing speakers. Speaking of display, this G-series model touts a premium-class (as of this specs-based review) 6.1-inch 3120 x 1440 QHD+ 19.5:9 OLED 564ppi screen that calls up Phonerated's list of the best phablets and large-screen models available.
Regrettably, like its V50 ThinQ 5G cousin, the G8 ThinQ has its fair share of cons hardware-wise, particularly, a 128GB-only internal memory and a 6GB RAM count , both of which sound unpromising versus the 256GB/512GB storage caps and 8GB RAMs boasted by several tantamount models. Its aforementioned native memory cap is accompanied by a whopping 2TB external memory allowance , though, while its 6GB RAM works hand-in-hand with a Snapdragon 855 triple-cluster eight-core engine peaking at 2.84GHz that made it one of the fastest smartphones on the market as we were writing this.
We also cannot help but wish that its pros and cons were powered by something more than a 3500mAh-only battery , taking into account its high-octane engine and compatibility with LG's ThinQ ecosystem , the latter being an IoT (internet of things) of compatible LG appliances and electronics.
Speaking of multimedia, the G8 ThinQ banks on an AI-powered dual rear camera comprising of a 12-megapixel standard cam and a 16-megapixel Super Wide cam. Additionally, it touts a dual-lens front-facing camera system that's made up of a conventional 8-megapixel main camera and a ToF (time-of-flight) Z camera tailored to 3D photography and user facial recognition. Completing its threefold biometric authentication system (hand + face + and fingerprint) is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner sitting right under its rear camera.
Rounding out this ThinQ model's pros and cons is the DTS:X 3D Surround Sound audio technology as well as its IP68 and MIL-STD-810G rugged ratings , which top it off as a viable choice for techies who are always on the lookout for mobile innovations.
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